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English for International Trade Law

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BILOVÁ Štěpánka

Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric
MU Faculty or unit

Language Centre

Field Pedagogy and education
Keywords ESP; syllabus design; needs analysis
Description The paper describes the process of re-designing a syllabus in the 2-semester undergraduate course of English for International Trade Law. The target group are part-time students who attend 10 in-class lessons of English per semester. After recalling the theoretical background, the author provides an overview of the main issues connected to developing a syllabus: aims of the course, needs analysis, teaching situations. The created course includes both product and process oriented goals and covers not only the language practice and field specific vocabulary, but also the development of professional skills, such as negotiating or advising. The course provides a basic overview of several topics: international trade organizations, contracts, the Incoterms, payment mechanism and agency and distributorship agreements. In order to deal with the topic meaningfully and efficiently within the set limited time frame, the students need to work both before and after the in-class sessions, however, the tasks tend to be varied, even though always focusing on both the language and the work with the field specific information. The new syllabus showed to be effective, though the teaching situation is complicated because of the varied professional needs of the learners.
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